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good morning. hermine's revenge. what's left of the tropical storm delivers a one-two punch to the state of texas. causing tornadoes in and around dallas, as well as severe flooding. and this morning she's heading across the plains. al's tracking the storm. change of heart? despite some defiant words -- >> our burning of the koran is to call the attention that something's wrong. something is wrong. >> the pastor at the center of the controversy says a call from the white house might make him reconsider. but will the white house pick up the phone? and who dat? the world champion new orleans saints whipped up into a frenzy as we get set to kick off the nfl season live from the beg easy, "today," thursday, nfl season live from the beg easy, "today," thursday, september 9th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television
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and welcome to a special split edition of "today" on this thursday morning, i'm meredith vieira in new york. my buddies matt lauer and al roker are in jackson square in the great city of new orleans. matt, i'm already tapping my feet under the desk because it looks like the stage is set for a big bash. >> yeah, you're not the only one tapping your feet. the people down here are ready to explode. this place is going to rock tonight. you want to look down at jackson square. a beautiful and historic portion of this great city. we've been here before. but today this place has been turned into a huge tailgating party. that's going to happen later today, as you mention. i'm not here alone. my friend al roker is joining me, as well. al, we've gotten here just in time for the first game of the nfl season. and apparently the humidity festival here. >> absolutely. >> oh, my goodness. but it's air conditioned in the superdome. and good news for the saints
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fans. last ten years, the super bowl champion has won their home opener. >> like the sound of that, guys? they love that here. they won the super bowl here, meredith, six months ago. they won it six months ago and while they celebrated like crazy, you get the feeling they've been waiting six months to prove it was no fluke. they're going to get that chance tonight against the vikings. if you consider five years ago this city -- and by the way the saints' home the superdome were left in tatters by hurricane katrina. then as everything was being rebuilt, the saints were being rebuilt, as well, until culminating with the super bowl championship. a lot of credit goes to a guy named drew brees who is the quarterback here. he is a hero in this city. some people call him brisus. you get the idea. we're going to talk to drew brees a little bit later. and we're going to find out why the nfl is becoming very female friendly. we've got a lot coming up. meredith, back to you. >> looks like a lot of fun.
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we've also this week taken a trip down to memory lane going back to our first jobs. today it is ann's turn, giving her first job a shot as a baby-sitter taking care of five kids, and their friends. that household may never be the same. first matt has more on that rough weather that is sweeping through the south. matt? >> all right, meredith, really is rough weather. what's left of tropical storm hermine is really making her presence felt in the state next to us here in texas. twisters touched down in and around the city of dallas. that's where the weather channel's julie martin is joining us from this morning. julie, good morning to you. what's the latest? >> well, good morning, matt. hermine made for a very wild weather day here in texas, from flash flooding to tornadoes. it really left its mark, and unfortunately, it is not finished just yet. i want to take you now to some images from the evening rush hour last night here in dallas, as twisters just started dropping out of the sky, as many as six funnels reported throughout the area. one of them slicing right
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through the heart of the city, hitting many buildings, bringing up water mains, and also knocking out power to thousands of people. one of the most impressive images, an 18-wheeler literally picked up, flipped 180 degrees with the driver inside, and slammed into the very building i am standing in front of. that driver, by the way, is doing all right this morning. but before all of that widespread flash flooding throughout the state of texas, some of the worst of it to my west in the city of arlington, where, an apartment complex was basically under water. over 50 high-water rescues carried out yesterday. fortunately, everyone doing all right. however, farther downstate, at least two fatalities as people got trapped in their vehicles in the high waters. so, we could see more of the same today, as the system now moves in to oklahoma, missouri and arkansas. what is left of hermine, matt, certainly hanging on. >> all right, julie martin who is in dallas for us this morning.
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julie marten from the weather channel, of course. thank you very much. al roker back here in new orleans. never got to the point of being a hurricane but boy, hermine did a lot of damage. >> it really did and continues to. let's take a look over the last 24 hours, some areas picking up as much as 16 inches of rain. georgetown, texas, getting almost that lmt. killeen, texas, getting 11. it is now moving through oklahoma into parts of missouri and arkansas and we have flood threats out there. we have flood warnings for parts of eastern oklahoma, western arkansas, and flood watches all the way up into illinois. we look for rainfall amounts anywhere from about 2 to 5 inches of rain in that affected area over the next 24 hours. so hermine continues to period out but still doing a lot of damage. >> all right, mr. roker, thank you very much. we'll get your local forecast in just a couple of minutes. right now let's throw it back to meredith in new york. >> matt and al, thank you very much. now let's turn to the raging controversy over one florida church's plan to burn the koran on 9/11.
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the leader of that church is hinting this morning that he could be talked out of it. nbc's kerry sanders spoke to him. he is in gainesville, florida, this morning with more. kerry, good morning to you. >> reporter: well, good morning, meredith. pastor jones told me that if he got a message from god he might reconsider burning the koran. and now, in an interview with "usa today," he's gone one step further and said that if he got a direct call from the white house, from the state department, from the pentagon, he might also consider backing off. pastor terry jones is the man at the center of an international controversy. >> our burning of the koran is to call the attention that something's wrong. that something is wrong. >> reporter: despite pressure from the state department -- >> make this outrageous, and distressful, disgraceful plan. >> reporter: -- and the u.s. military -- >> concern that the images from
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the burning of the koran would be used in the same way extremists used images from abu ghraib. >> reporter: even calling this weekend's plan burning of the koran, warning on her facebook page, it will feed the fire of caustic rhetoric and appear as nothing more than mean-spirited religious intolerance. pastor genes says he believes he's been told by god to burn the koran. >> it is possibly time for us in a new way to actually stand up, confront terrorism. >> reporter: worldwide, in the muslim world, protests are growing. all this triggered by a small church in central florida. the dove world outreach center. the congregation, numbered less than 50. have you read the koran? >> i've only read parts of the koran. >> reporter: tell me a part that you have read that has you and your small congregation out here planning on burning that islamic holy book? >> we are -- we are burning the
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koran as a demonstration. >> reporter: yeah, i know. but quote something that you read that offends you, that has you concerned. >> well, of course the koran does not recognize jesus christ as god, the son of god, the risen savior, the crucified savior. >> reporter: here in gainesville, christians, muslims and jews have gathered in prayer to try to counteract what they call a message of hate. wednesday on cnn's "larry king live" imam feisel abdul-rauf, the imam leading the effort to build a controversial cultural center near ground zero, called on jones to rethink his plans to burn the koran. >> he could say, what would jesus do? jesus taught us to turn the other cheek. jesus taught us to love your enemy. we are not your enemies. >> reporter: for now, pastor jones says he's going forward with his plan to burn the koran. unless god tells him not to. >> well, it's actually not about -- not about me.
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i don't enjoy doing these things. these things are very stressful, they're very difficult. i'm not used to this type of attention, as you said. i'm a pastor of a small church. so actually it's really not about me. it's about the message. >> reporter: well, there is now increased security in place out in this rural area. the police are jotting down the tag numbers of all the cars that come here, as well as taking the driver's license information from everybody who makes their way here. in addition to that, on saturday, when this koran burning event is planned, there's going to be 90,000 people gathering a short distance away at the stadium as the university of south florida takes on the university of florida in a football game, so there will now be increased security there, as well. meredith? >> absolutely. kerry sanders, thank you very much. let's get more on this now from representative peter king of new york who has been a vocal opponent of the plan to build an islamic community center and mosque near ground zero, and the
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council on american islamic relations. gentlemen, good morning to you both. >> good morning. >> let's start with pastor jones, who plans to burn the koran on 9/11, on september 11th, on this saturday, that if somebody were to call from the white house or the state department or the pentagon, it is something that would not be ignored. so do you believe that someone from the white house, maybe even the president himself, should call this man and encourage him not to burn the koran? i'll start with you? >> first of all, this is insane, it's dangerous, there's absolutely no place in american debate for what this mad man is talking about. my only concern with the president calling him is he gives him status, gives him stature. we can have real issues debated here this morning. it has nothing to do with the koran, nothing to do with the new testament, nothing to do with the old testment. we have political, diplomatic issues and it's insanity that a person like this is tying up the country. >> do you think a call should be placed? >> i think if general petraeus said i think american lives will be at stake here, you're going to flip on the switch for radicals and extremists to act, i'd rather save american lives.
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that would be my perspective. even though he did say a couple of weeks ago that the person he respected was george bush, and they asked him if george bush called would you stop, he said no. i really hope if he had a change of heart we would do something about that. >> what do you think is going to happen if he does go ahead with this? >> well, you know, you never know what triggers psychotics. and i hate to think that people are turned on, you know, just like that flip the switch analogy and someone becomes an extremist and they go from rhetoric to action. and that would concern me. in america, and outside of america. you know, we don't want anybody else threatening american lives. and i think that's what's most important to us. >> since this whole controversy erupted we have seen the american flag burned by muslims around the world, we've heard people scream "death to america," but no one, i would say most people do not believe that all muslims hate the u.s. or wish it harm. so why is so much weight and legitimacy given to this pastor and his relatively small
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congregation? we're talking maybe 50 members. >> i think it's a sign of the times. a person speaks loudly enough and crazy enough the media is going to cover it and people respond. we'll all do ourselves a favor if we ignore him. it adds nothing to the debate, it brings the debate down and brings it to a level where no one wants to be at. >> should the media not cover it, which is what the secretary of state has suggested? >> i think so, personally. i think that you're giving him forum and i think that people never listen to him might think this is not something that's worth his while at the end of the day. an organization called right wing extreme said they initially planned to protect him while he does this. and they said that after a lot of praying and thinking they just didn't realize how this would bring people closer to jesus. so some people are saying -- so they backed down last week and maybe it's a little bit too right wing and too extreme for them. >> let's talk about the controversy surrounding the construction of this islamic cultural center near ground zero. last night on cnn, imam feisel abdul-rauf said that had he
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realized how much controversy this was going to cause he never would have decided to build it there. but at this point he has a responsibility. listen to what he told cnn. >> if we move from that locat n location, the story will be that the radicals have taken over the discourse. >> i know congressman you're opposed to that mosque being put there. but is he right that he would just be fueling the radicals if he moved that cultural center at this point? >> my problem what he's saying, he seems to be equating the 71% of americans who oppose this as being radical. he's talking about the radicals who are opposed to the mosque. to me 71% of the american people comparing that to al qaeda or radical elements in the muslim community. that, to me, is a totally wrong equation. and it's, to me, that is -- to me it's like a threat to the united states. he's saying that somehow if this mosque is not approved, that the radical elements of the muslim world are going to be against
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it. i don't think we have to prove ourselves to anyone. smus limbs in this country as well as catholics and jewish and protestants are treated better than anywhere else in the world. and i would say muslims have more freedom in this country than probably any of their own countries. >> the issue with the public sentiment is when an issue is related to bigotry unfortunately our history has shown that sometimes we're on the wrong side. for example we interred japanese during world war ii, we segregated our military, our schools, and it took on executive order to undo that. we also enslave our fellow americans. when it comes to bigotry we've got to be careful about the public sentiment. what's really important is that our public officials and our congressmen have to come out and tell people, this is not what america represents, these are not the ideals that our nation was founded on and we have to be better than that. >> i disagree. why do we say -- what am i saying to the congressman that any way violates american ideals? i have real questions about the muslim in this country. i can tell through are mosques
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in this country where imams tell their congregation not to cooperate with law enforcement. and as you talk to law enforcement people they will tell you that very sill dom do they get cooperation from the muslim leadership. >> but the imam might say to you as he said on cnn last night, this story broke last december. the front page of "the new york times." nobody complained about it then. it wasn't until about two months ago. people said it's politicians who grabbed onto it for political reasons. even the mayor himself said come november 3rd this won't be an issue anymore. >> it is the midterm elections and people like newt gingrich who equated islam to nazism, we need to condemn people like that and say these sentiments are absolutely wrong. if you don't think people are listening to newt gingrich or sarah palin or rick lazio who hasn't talked about anything else and he's running for the governorship of new york state, except for the mosque. he's basically driving all attention and driving the public sentiment again. the development of religious institution which is protected by our constitution. >> we have about 15 seconds. >> i would say that they have an
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absolute right to build a mosque there. because you have the right doesn't make it right. i think it's a legitimate issue to talk about this mosque. ground zero, 13 story, $100 million edifice where 3,000 americans were killed that day, it's wrong. and i think it's wrong to say it's un-american to raise that issue. >> i think that -- >> free speech is also condition -- >> the federal building. we don't say you can't build any churches around there. >> you know -- >> this is -- >> quite awhile. >> totally unfair comparison. >> why is it unfair? >> because the muslim leadership in this country did not cause -- >> let me ask you about that. >> you know, what this is -- this is why this -- gentlemen, i'm going to have to cut it off there. i understand. but my point is this is -- this is why this is such a controversy because it is so heated on both sides, and it's not going to end today or tomorrow. i have to stop it there. thank you so much.
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>> you're a peacenik. >> let's get the rest of the top stories from ann curry at the news desk. >> good morning, everybody. also in the news this morning, the wildfire burning for a fourth day near boulder, colorado, has become one of the worst in state history. by last night at least 130 homes had been destroyed, say officials, and it's still only 10% contained. still, firefighters are making some progress now, because of light rain and cooler temperatures. officials in detroit are now on the defense about how they responded to tuesday's wind-driven fires that destroyed 85 homes. some residents say that they waited 90 minutes for help. but detroit's mayor says there is no way to plan for an event of such magnitude. this morning a large explosion rocked a market in russia's north caucasus killing as many as 15 though that is a preliminary number. a car bomb is expected and in the area mostly orthodox christians have been targeted with violence from a radical islamic insurgency. another suspected u.s.
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missile strike in pakistan skilled five militants this morning. it is the fourth such attack in the last 24 hours. in a rare interview cuban's fidel castro was candid about his nation's economy. he reportedly told atlantic magazine that his state economic system no longer works and is in need of change. and researchers at the university of utah may be a step closer to helping severely paralyzed patients communicate. they think that they were able to decode brain signals for simple words such as hot, cold and thirsty to determine what a patient was trying to say. and in england a very different kind of research, scientists there say that they have dispelled the male dance moves that are most likely to catch a woman's eye. they used a professional dancer to bring the computer model to life, and just for the males in our audience, the finding is women pay more attention to the core body region including the torso and that it's not the speed of the movements, but also
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the variability of the movement. let's go back to matt. in other words, not to dance like you, matt. >> no, no, exactly. not like our tap dancing prowess of yesterday, ann, thank you for that. let's get a check of the weather now. the local forecast from al roker, who's just across the way from me now at cafe du monde.
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good morning. a beautiful morning under way. a live view showing blue skies over washington with sun slight streaming through the trees. 40s in the mountains. low 60s. highs today reaching upper 70s to near 80 with a blustery wind. more of the same on friday. increasing clouds near 80. >> and of course, it's thursday. we're in new orleans. we're kicking off the nfl, ladies and gentlemen. that's right. it's a big one. we've got the 2010, the 2009 super bowl champion saints versus brett favre and the vikings. it's a domed stadium. who cares about the weather, but if you're standing outside scalping tickets, warm and
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humid, temperatures in the mid 80s. on nfl kickoff 2010. on nbc. now, back to meredith. >> thank you, al. coming up, reality bites. why one judge calls snooki from "jersey shore" a lindsay lohan wanna-be. first this is "today" on nbc.
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♪ let's get it started >> 7:30 now on a thursday morning. it's the 9th day of september, 2010. from what i understand a little chilly, actually, up in the big apple this morning. but we've got a nice crowd of people gathered on rockefeller plaza, waving to the people back home. it is anything but chilly here in new orleans. it's hot, it's humid. the big easy getting ready for a huge game tonight, the kickoff to the nfl season. that game between the super bowl champion new orleans saints and the minnesota vikings. these two teams got together in the nfc championship game last year, so this is going to be a great match-up. i'm matt lauer here in jackson square in new orleans. meredith's up in studio 1a in new york city. meredith, good morning again. >> yeah, hey, matt. we have a nice crowd here. but you do, as well. >> yeah, this is cool. i got the sensations. these are the new orleans saints cheerleaders behind me here. they're going to be going crazy at the game tonight. they also, by the way, i want to
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mention, not just a lot of pretty faces. they do great work in the community here in the new orleans area. if you have any idea how big a party this is going to be, they've got a parade planned. they've also got a huge concert planned before the game, dave m performing. take a look down at this beautiful area. and if you don't think this city is excited, take a look at the front page of the paper this morning, you've got drew brees, the mtv of the super bowl saying he wants to start a new tradition here right after the coin toss on the game. he wants all the people in the superdome to chant three times, what? >> who dat. who dat. who dat! who ain't gonna beat them saints. >> in case you can't understand. who dat says ain't gonna beat them saints. that's going to be the new tradition here. meredith, i want to show you one other thing. take a look at the sea of black and gold here.
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right? and then challenge -- excuse me ladies one second. i also want to introduce you to the bravest morning in new orleans in his purple and gold. what's your last name? >> gary. >> give him credit. all right. he's the only guy in a vikings jersey here. your family's from new orleans. >> absolutely. >> but you're here as a minnesota vikings fan. >> i love brett favre. he's a great player for the game. he's a player's player. this beautiful city of new orleans should accept that. he could be a microcosm of the entire country to accept what's going on. >> man. anyway, i admire your moxie, all right? i really do. we've got to get some emergency services for this guy. anyway, meredith, an awful lot coming up here from new orleans. back to you. >> all right, matt, thanks very much. and from here, well you know why "jersey shore" star spookty found her face-to-face with a judge on wednesday. he warned her she might be
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turning into someone else. but we're going to begin with a very serious story out of portland, oregon. today is kyron horman's 8th birthday. the little boy is still nowhere to be found more than three months after he disappeared. nbc's miguel almaguer is in portland with the latest on this story. miguel, good morning to you. >> reporter: meredith, good morning. there will be events to mark kyron's birthday today and this weekend. as you mentioned the little boy turns 8 today, but despite the best effort of investigators, there's been no sign of him since the day he disappeared. for kyron horman's parents, this should have been a day of celebration. instead it's an especially painful time in an ongoing nightmare that's already lasted more than three months. >> i can't sleep. nights are restless. all day, the days i'm thinking about still him coming home, his birthday, obviously, what we're going to do. just can't stop thinking about him. >> reporter: kyron's classmates started third grade this week at skyline element school with new video security systems in place
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to reassure anxious parents. >> they should come to school and get back into their routine and feel comfortable with that. >> reporter: investigators say the case has not yet gone cold, but so far the most extensive search in state history has yielded few clues. no arrests have been made. >> it's hard for us, but we understand the method. they have to make a solid case before they can, you know, make any arrests or anything like that. >> reporter: kyron's parents believe his stepmother, terri horman, is directly involved in the boy's disappearance and says her friend edie spicher also knows more than she has revealed. >> cooperate. do what you need to do. come forward. >> reporter: terri horman's lawyer has described the speculation about her as a witch-hunt. through her attorney dede spicher denied any involvement. >> as a woman of two young boys you feel for that family. >> reporter: firefighters and volunteers took down kyron's wall of hope and moved it off campus. but this community hasn't forgotten, and continues to hope
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for his safe return. >> i have an 8-year-old boy. and it hurts. >> reporter: although the criminal investigation has not led to an arrest, an ongoing grand jury investigation could potentially lead to an indictment say legal experts. but again, meredith, there have been no suspects named in kyron's disappearance. >> miguel almaguer, thank you very much. john walsh whose own son adam was kidnapped and murdered is host of "america's most wanted." his show's 24th season premieres this weekend. good morning to you, john. congratulations on that, as well. >> thank you, meredith. >> we're going to get to that in a minute. first i want to talk about kyron horman. as a parent, my heart breaks for his parents to be spending his 8th birthday, first days of school, not knowing where he is. how do you cope in a situation like that? >> well, i think you never give up hope. you look at the success stories like elizabeth smart, who was gone for eight months, and jaycee dugard, who was gone for 18 years, and you always --
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>> hope your child is one of those. >> absolutely. one of the few. but one of the ones who come back alive. and police speculate that possibly kyron may be alive. i hope he is. but the main focus is to stay strong and to try to keep your child's name in the media, just as his father is doing by having these birthday parties, and saying, i'm going to register him at school, i'm going to register him with soccer, and ease going to come home. >> so that's the best thing. i know when kyron first went missing it took about a week before they came public and since then they've been much more public, and speaking to the media about their son, about -- >> that's the thing that bothers me the most. when adam was missing, we begged the media to cover the case, because he was gone for almost two weeks, and the story started to disappear. i would have stood in times square naked, taken a bullet, traded my life for my son. my parents need the help of the media. most parents know that the media
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is who helps find missing children. and for the stepmom to decide not to come out and do any interviews, very disturbing. >> well, there have been a lot of suspicions swirling around the stepmom. you've been pretty vocal about that. but she's not even a person of interest, she has not been arrested. so at this point, probably the best thing the police can do is keep the door open to the investigation possible ifblt other people possibly being involved? >> well, absolutely. you have to do a dual investigation. i mean, remember when jessica lunsford was missing in florida. it was a level three violent sex offender in a trailer 150 yards away that grabbed her. so there's always the possibility that it could have been a predator, and the stepmom had nothing to do with it. but you have to continue those dual investigations, because the not knowing is what kills you. >> your new season, 24th season, premieres on september 11th. an important day, obviously, in this country, 9/11. what's going to be on the agenda that night?
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>> we're going to pro-mile an american terrorist. i was the only guy in television that was allowed at ground zero. so it's kind of a look back for me, and this adnan shukra zuma is the heir apparent of khalid shaikh mohammed. you know the guy they waterboarded down in guantanamo bay. this guy was raised in the united states, lived in new york, raised in miramar, florida, and he is the guy who tried to plan the subway bombings. he's the number one terrorist, but he's an american. so, we're looking for that guy on september 11th, and hope we get him before he creates another terrible, catastrophic event here in the united states. >> well, you've done an amazing job finding people just like that. john walsh, thank you for everything you've done. good luck with the new season. >> thank you very much, meredith. >> now let's head back to new orleans for a check of the weather from a
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good morning. here we've got bright sunshine and we've got blue skies. a live view from the camera overlooking washington in the distance and a terrific morning fresh and cool. 50s throughout most of the regions. 40s in the mountains. highs today climbing upper 70s to near 80s. a blustery northwest wind. increasing clouds on saturday. much needed rain lightly on sunday. >> hang in, my thighs are expanding. al, thank you very much. coming up, ann goes back to her
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love, and he made a decision that he wanted to be the quarterback of the saints. he probably couldn't imagine that a few short years later the saints would win the super bowl, he'd be the mvp, and he and his son could steal the show. >> the saints are going to do it! >> so many iconic images from the super bowl but i think the image that a lot of people remember, and you know what i'm talking about, after the game when you head balin up to the crowd. he was 1 at the time? >> yeah. >> are you looking forward to the day where you can sit down with him and have a meaningful discussion as to what the moment meant to you? >> i can't wait. i can't wait. >> what will you say to him? >> without getting too emotional, it was such a special moment. and i'll just tell him how much that moment meant to me, having him in my arms, and just what a difference he made in my life. you know, all of it, we had been through. you know, in order to get to that point.
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>> reaching that point started in march of 2006. seven months after hurricane katrina devastated the gulf coast. the people of new orleans were looking to rebuild. and coming off a disappointing season, and major shoulder surgery, so was drew brees. take me back to that time. you've got a decision to make. you've got a contract you can sign and new orleans comes and offers you a deal. but it is the worst time for the city. it would have been fine, a lot of other guys, nobody would have blamed them for turning away and saying, i don't want anything to do with that. that's a city in decline. why you didn't think it was a hopeless situation, not to play here, but to live here. >> i really felt like it was a calling. i saw it as an opportunity. to be a part of something that most people don't get a chance to do in their entire lifetime. and that is to be a part of a resurgence of a city, even more so than that, a mind-set. that is no matter what knocks us down, we're going to find a way to come back stronger. >> going back to the super bowl last year, it was one of those few times where i think a
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sporting event and a sports team rose above the status of sports team and sporting events. and you had to feel as if you were america's home team in that game. because so many people, wanted the people of new orleans, to have a reason to celebrate. in the midst of all the pain. did you feel that? could you sense it? >> we did feel it. we felt like there was a piece of everybody that could idea with what new orleans went through and could see the fact that this went well beyond just the game of football. that this meant so much more to so many people. you know, that just makes you feel like we can accomplish anything. >> and drew lived his life according to that philosophy. believing that adversity breeds opportunity. something he writes about in his book, "coming back stronger." you've taken this philosophy of yours and you've put it down on paper in this book and the title itself has a great double meaning. what was your idea in choosing it? >> it's really a mantra. every piece of adversity that i will ever face in my life, and i
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know that there will be plenty more, that no matter what happens, i'm always going to look at it as what is the positive. i'm going to take that negative, i'm going to turn it into a positive. i'm going to find a way to come back stronger. >> and drew is hoping to do just that as he heads into the new season. good news is you guys are world champions and you were the mvp of the super bowl. the bad news is you guys were world champions and you were the mvp of the super bowl. i mean, it -- how do you repeat that? how do you top that? >> certainly expectations are at an all-time high. and not to take anything away from what we accomplished last year, it was very special. it will link us together forever, as a team, city, organization. but, there's always another challenge around the corner. >> and they're going to try to repeat that or even top that starting tonight. you can watch the kickoff event starting at 7:30, and then the game between the saints and the vikings following that right here on nbc. we're going to have much more ahead from new orleans, and new york, on a thursday morning right after these messages. ♪
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we are back at 7:50. bad behavior has meant big ratings for mtv's hit show "jersey shore" but the antics of one of the most popular cast members, snooki, landed her in court on wednesday. nbc's jeff rossen has the details. >> hey, meredith. you just like saying snooki. she was arrested back in july, she was drinking, where else, on the jersey shore, and then she stumbled into people. wednesday, just before the judge sentenced her, he gave her a verbal smackdown, calling snooki a lindsay lohan wanna-be. on "jersey shore" nicole "snooki" polizzi, lets it all hang out. but on court wednesday she buttoned up, armed with her designer hand bag and her lawyer, snooki was facing 90 days in jail. police in seaside heights arrested snooki in late july.
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while taping the show "jersey shore" she was drunk on the beach, yelling and stumbling onto people. >> i would definitely like to apologize. when i saw what happened, and everyone told me what happened, very embarrassed. this is not like me. i've never been in this situation before. so i definitely would like to apologize to anybody that i hurt. >> i have concerns about how much of this episode was scripted by your show. i mean, if this was scripted, only you can determine if it's worth trading your dignity for a paycheck. >> it was not scripted. >> reporter: and judge damion murray was just getting started, getting even more harsh. >> you seem to be acting like a lindsay lohan wanna-be in this matter. going through life rude, profane, obnoxious, and self-indulgent is not the way you want to live your life. >> reporter: snooki stood there and took it. her lawyer jumped to her defense, saying she's lived a good life, with a love of animals, and charity work. >> this was a bad day.
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i think we all have those days from time to time, judge. >> reporter: in a plea deal with prosecutors, snooki slipped away without jail time. she pled guilty to a local ordinance called interfering with the enjoyment of the quiet use of the beach by others. her punishment, a $500 fine, and two days of community service. with one day already served at a nearby zoo. >> it's the jersey shore. >> reporter: snooki, forced to give back to the town that made her famous. as part of that plea deal the other charges were dropped. by the way, meredith, late last night, lindsay lohan's mother dina weighed in telling us she's disappointed in what the judge said about her daughter. >> all right, jeff rossen. thank you very much. coming up, ann's turn as a baby-sitter. while sunbathing? why not? have you ever climbed a rock wall in the middle of the ocean? or tried something really wild? why not? it's all possible in the nation of why not. royal caribbean's floating nation
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a big change since yesterday. much cooler. 50s and 60s. most of the regions will be in 70s and 80s.
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♪ 8:00 now on this thursday morning, september 9th, 2010, and the sun is shining on new orleans this morning. big day in the big easy, as the super bowl champs, new orleans saints, get the honor of kicking off the nfl season tonight. and my buddies matt lauer and al roker are there. matt, it looks like it's so much fun already. >> got a little noisy here, meredith. i missed that last line. but yeah, we are here in new orleans. in fact, a beautiful morning. a lot of people think football, men. men are the only ones who care about football. did you know 41 million american women watched the super bowl last year? and when you go to a football game, about half the people in the stands are women. they're also taking on powerful positions within the nfl, and coming up, we're going to meet a 33-year-old woman who is one of the driving forces behind the new orleans saints, and she is blazing a path for women in the national football league. >> and we also got a chance to get really up close and personal
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with another new orleans icon, the saint charles street line. i got to learn how to drive one of these babies. i had the time of my life. i don't know how much fun matt had because he was one of the passengers. my dream job coming up a little bit later. >> meredith? >> and i notice you're throwing your support for women by surrounding yourself by cheerleaders. i think that's very special. >> that's what we do. >> exactly. all right, guys, we look forward to it. also, you know, ann curry has traveled all around the world to some of the most dangerous places there are. but can she handle five kids and their friends? she tried her hand as a job she used to do as a teenager, baby-sitting. we're going to see how she did, it's all for our first jobs series. but first she has a check of the top stories, so we know she survived it. >> all right, meredith. thank you so much and good morning once again, everybody. in the news, tropical storm hermine is now heading across the plains today after bringing flash floods to texas.
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the heavy rain on wednesday in central texas forced more than 100 high water rescues. two women who had been trapped in their cars were not reached in time and they died. the storm also spawned several tornadoes, one of which touched down near dallas damaging several buildings. the devastating wildfire in the foothills near boulder, colorado, is now one of the worst in the state's history. more than 135 homes have been destroyed, and four people who refused to leave their homes are now found to have been missing. the fire is only 10% contained. the imam behind a proposed islamic community center and mosque near ground zero in new york city is now warning of a possible violent backlash from muslim extremists if the site is changed. imam feisel abdul-rauf told cnn last night that the issue has become so politicized that the headlines in the muslim world will be that islam is under attack. fewer people are dying on the nation's roads. the government says that traffic deaths fell last year to just under 34,000. that's the lowest since 1950.
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safety experts credit greater use of seat belts, safer cars, and tough enforcement of drunk driving laws. it is now three minutes past the hour. now let's go back to al in new orleans. hey, al. >> hey, thanks a lot, ann. i want to introduce you to a
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and here we've got a beautiful blue sky and cooler temperatures on this thursday morning. certainly a big change from yesterday. there's the sky over washington now. royal blue, golden sun slight. 60s in washington. and nearby suburbs. it's warming up from a couple hours ago. we'll see it hit upper 80s by the afternoon. wind should pick up, too. more of the same on friday. increasing clouds on saturday. much needed rain on sunday. >> and that's your latest weather. meredith? >> al, thank you very much. coming up next, and ventures in baby-sitting, ann curry style when we goes back to try her old job, right after this. [ female announcer ] fact.
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tapped. today it's ann's turn. >> i was 13 years old, taking care of my children. since then i've had two kids of my own, i haven't been a baby-sitter for quite awhile. i decided to see if i still have what it takes. >> the baby-sitter is here. >> hi, mrs. burke. >> hi. >> i'm ann. >> my first job was as a baby-sitter. how many kids do you have? >> we have five altogether. >> five? five. >> i'm the oldest of five kids. me, gene, allen, gordon and lola. and i baby-sat them since before i can remember. i have a lot of experience, i know what i'm doing. hi, you guys. so i'm really used to lots of kids. it's the best. >> i they might have a couple friends. >> the greatest number of children i ever watched at one time is four. and that is a handful. but doable. are your friends coming over, aidan? >> five.
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>> five? >> i feel pretty confident about baby-sitting. i think that it's a good fallback position for me. >> okay. they're allowed to jump like that, aren't they? >> yeah, just be careful. >> you can pretty much throw anything at me. so there are going to be ten children here? >> yes. >> i can handle anything. ten children. no problem. that was close. oh, do you guys try to climb out a lot? oh -- >> bring it on. >> all right. see you guys later. go have some fun together! see how it works like that? that's it. well where are they going? i like to give the house back to the parents in the same state that i receive it. hey, you guys, what are you doing? you're not supposed to toilet paper every place in the how. come on, there we go. that's good, aidan. how about that? good job. oh!
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wrap you up. there you go. somebody's at the door. >> hi. hi. hi. hi. how are you? nothing ever broke. >> oh, no. >> i don't remember any lamps or dishes breaking. i hope that wasn't a favorite plate. if there are a lot of kids be careful because they can gang up on you. hey, wait a minute. i don't want to go swimming. you think you're smart. they know how to push your buttons. stop, stop, stop. no. don't do that. okay? believe me, they were exhausting. that's not nice! candy? want a brownie?
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come on, let's make some brownies. i think that in terms of tricks, maybe they need a little sugar. >> everybody who wants brownies, go to the kitchen. when it doubt, something with sugar. not too much but just a little bit of sugar. everybody's going to get candy. that makes everybody happy. ♪ i want candy i want candy ♪ i feel a conspiracy. did someone actually say to you, throw toilet paper and make it really hard for me f >> we threw paper at her and squirted her with the water gun. >> who is that person? who is that person? who did that? why i ought to -- it's not a good idea with more than one child to let one disappear. you always have to sort of keep an eye on everybody. where did the boys go? are they in their rooms? come on let's check it out. i never lost a child.
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wait a minute, i'm missing somebody, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine -- who's missing? >> quincy. >> quincy is missing. oh, boy! i think i lost a kid. lila! where are you? where's kaelin? have we hidden lila? did somebody hide here? you guys scared me. you scared me. oh, sweetheart. you're great. you're great, great, great. the thing about your first job, is that for the first time you actually realize there was something that you could do that was of value to someone else. i would say that in general kids kind of like me. >> you're not a good baby-sitter. >> i'm not? why not? what did i do? what did i mess up? >> you let us have chocolate cake. >> when i'm cooking, they like to eat my food. you want some? you want some? my number one goal is to keep them safe. i think you shouldn't do it
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often. you don't want to do that. whenever you choke put both hands up like that. and number two i want to make sure they're having fun. come on, show me. good job. turn on the tv. that's a good trick. but just for a little bit. and make sure nothing horrible or inappropriate is on television. >> hey! >> that is inappropriate. i could get more for baby-sitting. you kids are doing a great job. reading, bedtime is the magic. read a book, and then boom. they're asleep. clip clop, clip clop. turn off the light, honey. hi, hi. hi. you have wonderful children.
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baby-sitting taught me to love. love. and i think that that's the solution for everything. i think that's my lesson. anyway, it was a lot of fun, and we had many thanks for mr. and mrs. burke for letting us baby-sit their lovely children. and pretty much destroy their home. >> you baby-sat from 13 to 18. then why did you stop? >> i stopped because i was caught on the couch necking with my boyfriend. >> whoa! >> in my own defense, i w was -- -- >> bring a friend over. the kids didn't see a thing, and i didn't expect -- >> yeah. >> you had a boyfriend. >> i was so embarrassed. >> i never went back. >> shocked! >> what was that about inappropriate behavior? >> oh, my gosh. >> so there you go. >> what are you doing friday night around 8:00? >> necking with my mups >> okay. >> i need a baby-sitter. >> that was great. >> natalie later on, we're going
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but in new orleans, this young woman is the face of the franchise. >> he can sit here. >> reporter: on the sidelines rita benson leblanc could easily be mistaken for a cheerleader. but the 33-year-old is part owner. and executive vice president of the new orleans saints. >> the saints football, to me it's the american dream. it's what you accomplish together with people that you really care about and that you love playing with. and that's worth watching. >> reporter: with a blackberry in hand and a piece of jewelry from last season's super bowl many men would covet, this girl next door is comfortable in her own skin and not angling to join the boy's club. the granddaughter of saints principal owner tom benson, she's next in line to take over the team. and she'll do just about anything to promote it. >> see you later! >> reporter: rappelling down a 26-story building for a special olympics charity event last month. if you're talking women in the
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nfl, you've got to check out the saints. >> whoo! >> reporter: women are reshaping the face of football. 6 million attended games last year. and the league's fastest growing business? women's apparel. >> used to be just big, bulky stuff, and women are curvier, so we need something more geared towards us. >> reporter: in new orleans, the nfl has opened the first of its kind women's boutique. from bikinis to bling, the concept could expand to other cities. >> women definitely are the gatekeepers in most households. so when you look at it from a business perspective, it just makes sense to engage these women. but at the same time, we're better serving them as fans. >> reporter: who said football isn't pretty? as the league embraces fashion, and the changing face of an american pastime. and this is what the merchandise looks like. today it's a little more tailored. a little bit of bling. and matt, if you're watching from the pool -- >> come on. how much -- >> reporter: i asked about it,
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they didn't have the speedo, i'm sorry. >> thank you, i appreciate that. janet shamlian, thank you very much. rita benson leblanc is the part owner and executive vice president of the saints. nice to see you, rita. >> nice to be here. thank you for being here. >> we're thrilled to be here. let me read you some descriptions i read about you. batten down the hatches, one of the most powerful women in professional sports and the youngest, sassiest and sexiest owner of an nfl franchise. how do you plead? >> i guess guilty. i learned from my grandfather. so he's an older version, but from new orleans, we dance, we laugh, everything we live through here, but especially winning the super bowl. there was nothing that brought my family greater pleasure than to bring that super bowl victory back to the city of new orleans. >> you get a lot of attention for a lot of reasons. is it a good thing for women and football? >> i think so. i think any attention is channeled in a positive way. so obviously, we use this incredible kickoff to showcase new orleans' economic development, everything that's happening in louisiana and the
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greater gulf south region. obviously we've had the issues with the storm, and the oil spill, but we have strong, resilient people that work together as a team just like the football. >> you learned this business from the ground up. you took on a lot of different roles in this family organization and franchise. if you were talking to a group of young ladies today, would you say pro football offers good career opportunities for them? >> i would say that -- >> or is it tough? >> it's a lifestyle. it's not a 9:00 to 5:00 job. so anyone who is involved in sports, obviously i'm biased, the nfl is the greatest sport in america and the world, but it takes an incredible commitment. you have to be self-aware. i think that's important for any role that you choose. but know that it is a massive commitment. >> rita, who is going to win tonight? >> we are. >> good to see you. no doubt about it. nice to have you. >> thank you. very good to see you. >> we appreciate it. we're going to have much more ahead from the big easy and new york cities on a thursday
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8:23626 is your time. sunshine in the nation's capital and a nice crisp morning. in the news for today a. 23-year-old woman from maryland faces dwi charges for this accident. two women remain hospitalized after being struck by out of control car that crashed into a restaurant at the intersection of 18th street florida avenue. the two women were walking at the time of the accident and no one inside the restaurant was hurt. the city is looking at the structural integrity of that building. we'll take a break and have your weather and traffic when we come back. stay w
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golden sunshine , a blue sk, with a bit of a blustery wind. increasing clouds on saturday and rain likely on sunday. it's jammed off the greenway headed to 123. blocking the right lane. back to you. >> thank you. we'll have more news, weather, and traffic in 25 minutes. for now, back to the "today" show after this short break. we'll see you at 4:30 every weekday morning.
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♪ 8:30 now on a thursday morning. the 9th day of september, 2010. a little music from the streets of new orleans, the big easy, on this day that the saints set out to defend their super bowl championship. and to say this team and this city is excited would be a major understatement. here in new orleans, i'm matt lauer, along with al roker, on a hot, humid morning here in the crescent city. meredith and ann are back up in new york. i think along with natalie, as
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well. they're outside -- or meredith and ann. it's a little cooler up there. >> it's absolutely beautiful here. thinking of cool -- you and al did something cool while you were in new orleans. >> we got to do -- actually i didn't get to do it. al got to live what is really a lifelong dream. he had always wanted to drive the street car, and he got to do it yesterday. >> i got to, one of the historic street cars here in new orleans. so exciting. had a great time. we're going to show that. and another part of new orleans, everybody talks about, that really is part of the fabric here, jazz. we're going to take you to a neighborhood in new orleans where they say jazz was born. it's also the basis for a new hbo series. we're going to tell you about how music is the life blood of this community. >> meredith and ann? >> thanks so much, guys. by the way, we've got a very special guest here. we've got josh brolin. he's one of the stars of "wall street."
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great to have you here. josh, you were, of course you talked to matt back in may when the movie opened. i >> compadid. >> and i want to mention people squealed. >> they what? >> they squealed. they were excited. >> that's good. >> you play a snake in the movie, is that right? >> yeah, i do. i guess i do play kind of a snake. for what happened in september of '08 and the big implosion of the economy and all that and i represent everything bad that's happened. >> and you worked with oliver stone again? >> yes. i did. >> is that wonderful? >> it is, actually. oliver has this reputation that's kind of chaotic. i think he's an amazing guy. we had a great guy. really proud of that movie and i think this movie is going to be great. >> i want to ask you about michael douglas. because you know -- >> when you heard the news what was your reaction? >> i've known michael since i was kid. you know, there was a long history there.
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i talk to him. i saw him yesterday. he looks great. >> that's wonderful. >> he's a great character. you know. if anybody can survive it. >> he's a fighter, that's for sure. >> for sure. >> so are you. great pleasure. >> thank you very much. >> thank you. >> money never sleeps. >> thank you. >> let's head back to matt and al. >> all right. thank you very much. you know, not only is tonight the start of the season fo
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good morning. at this hour we've got the bright sunshine and a blue sky and temperatures are warming up after a chilly start in the 50s in many areas.washington. still chilly in the mountains and many locations still in the 40s. highs today generally cooler but east of the shen nan doe wa valley is near 80.
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sunshine, bit of a breeze out of the northwest. saturday looks like >> and don't forget you can check your weather any time of the day or night. go to the weather channel on cable or online. meredith? >> all right, al. find out what it was like when you learned how to drive a new orleans street car with matt along for the ride. but first, this is "today" on nbc. chevy chase bank is becoming capital one bank.
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passion. from its hot sounds. to its excontractic tastes. it's no place for holding back. >> stella! >> reporter: in "a streetcar named desire" tennessee williams introduced america to the heart-pounding potential of new orleans. today, the streetcar that served as williams' mousse still carries 5 million city passengers a year. it is the oldest, continuous streetcar service in the world. >> the iconic, matter of fact, if you look at it, any of the items in the city, very recognizable, i guarantee you streetcars are in the top three. >> reporter: the saint charles line is on the national register of historic places. committed to preserving the car's essential role in the history of the city, they cannot be replaced. instead, they are maintained
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with painstaking care at the carrollton transit station. and as the streetcars course their way through new orleans, the desire to drive one has always run through my friend al roker. >> this is going to be a dream come true. >> reporter: train instructor clarence tried to pass on some of his 29 years of experience in just a couple of minutes. >> this is your controller. the controller has eight points. the most important part is right here. push it to your right. >> that's going to stop it? >> that's going to stop it. >> it seeps complicated but it's really not. it's just like taking candy from a baby. >> if the baby was a giant car that's carrying 80 people. >> reporter: well short of the eight-week instruction most conductors get, we got under way. if he's driving i need air bags or seat belts, one of the two. >> we're going to stop at the corner, all right?
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>> if there's problems, concerns or questions, call. my concern is that my driver's had four minutes of training. >> oh. oh. >> that's okay. you're learning. >> al was a quick study at the controls. >> i love you, street car. >> and so we boldly took on some unsuspecting passengers >> i'm matt, i'll be your host today. this is clarence, your driver is al. how are you? nice to see you. all right, al. >> there you go. >> we've run some red lights. >> feel the stop. >> ooh. >> smooth as a what? baby's behind. yeah. thank you. >> with his soft touch on the brakes, al was a solid hit with the ridership. but my run as a back seat driver finally jumped the tracks.
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>> -- by the compressor or something. can you check that out? >> by the what? >> by the compressor in the middle of the car. >> hey, hey! al! roker! >> just wasn't nice. >> i think brando, i think of you. >> stella! >> we've got a lot more coming up for new orleans. but first, this is "today" on nbc. ♪ [ male announcer ] it's luxury with fire in its veins. bold. daring. capable of moving your soul. ♪ and that's even before you drop your foot on the pedal. ♪
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the new 2011 cts coupe from cadillac. to me a great fashion story is about taking what's out there and making it work for my readers. at the magazine, i'm all about helping them get the looks for less. that's t.j.maxx. my assistant says, "isn't that all last season's fashions?" no way! t.j.maxx works deals directly with designers. that's how they can do it. this full-time fashionista... is really a maxxinista! t.j.maxx. let us make a maxxinista out of you! this morning on "today's pets," our resident animal jill rappaport is here with the bond between a young man and his dog even through the worst tragedy. good morning to you, jill. >> hi, meredith. this is really a bittersweet because john everhart was on his way home after spending a
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wonderful summer as a camp counselor. sadly, he never made it, but against all odds his beloved dog did. >> he was always laughing, and very outgoing kid. >> reporter: john chauncey everhart was known for his outgoing personality. his infectious sense of humor. and as his cousin put it, he was cool without trying. he was an honor student at university of virginia, working towards a double major in economics and history. >> liked to do well in the classroom. liked to do well, whatever he's doing. >> reporter: john loved fishing. he was a movie buff, and a music fanatic. bob dylan was a favorite. ♪ but most of all, john loved cody. >> he was just so enamored with his dog. they were really companions for life. >> reporter: what did cody do
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for your son? >> got him up in the morning. early in the morning, around the campus, and he's a chick magnet. >> reporter: john adopted bode a year ago from almost home pet adoption center in virginia. and there was no mistaking their irreplaceable bond. >> they were very close. the dog slept on the bed with john. >> reporter: but tragically, on august 15th, they became separated forever. john was on his way home to bethesda, maryland, from vermont, where he was working at a senior counselor at camp. he was traveling with a camp friend, and of course, his best friend bode, but on a curve john lost control of his car, and was killed instantly. >> that ending, never can move forward. and it's very difficult. and that's when i, you know, start crying. >> reporter: miraculously,
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18-year-old elliot day, john's passenger, survived the crash. but bode had disappeared. >> everybody was looking for bode. i gave my word that we would do everything in our power to try to find the dog. >> reporter: now this is where the accident occurred on that rainy afternoon in august on route 80 in paterson, new jersey. an eyewitness saw bodhi literally ejected from the all. he darted across this busy highway during rush hour and miraculously he was found five days later in the woods with only a slight abrasion above his right eye. >> it's a miracle. the dog is lucky to be alive. >> reporter: and lucky to be back home with john's family in maryland. >> he went straight down the hall, and dropped on the floor in john's room. >> reporter: the bittersweet return of john's beloved dog is only intensified by this special water color of bodhi that jay had planned to give to his son for his first birthday. it was finished the day john was killed.
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>> john would have loved it. >> oh, yeah, really. >> reporter: and is he giving you any comfort on some sort of level? >> gets me out of bed in the morning. that's always a good thing. >> well, look at you. >> it was a little light, sort at the end of a very dark tunnel. incredibly sad. but -- >> something worked out in this tragedy, gives us a bit of solace. but it's very bittersweet, because it's impossible to be with bodhi and not think about john. >> now, john was an only child. and he would have turned 21 next month. >> thank you so much, jill. and much more from new york and new orleans but first this is "today" on nbc. !%
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welcome back to new orleans. we have spent so much time here in the past couple of weeks, soon we're going to have to pay local taxes. but al got to know one very special place. >> that's right, matt. there is a place just a few minutes from here that a lot of people say is the heart of new orleans. it's a neighborhood called treme and they say that jazz is deeply rooted and got its start right in this neighborhood.
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beyond the bustle of bourbon street, nestled among these quiet roads lies a small neighborhood that embodies the spirit of new orleans. treme. >> this is treme. >> treme. >> this is treme. >> a community both rich in history and tradition, it's one of the oldest african-american neighborhoods in the country. >> new orleans history is here. >> reporter: settled by free people of color in the 18th century, treme became a haven for artists and musicians. >> the roots of music in new orleans go back to the square in treme. that's where africans on sundays would play traditional music and dance traditional dances. >> reporter: some say treme is where jazz was born. people here take pride in that history and on any given night, that brass band tradition is in
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full swing. it's standing room only at the candlelight lounge, and the music is infectious. ♪ >> it's kind of like being in the church and the country all at the same time. the music moves you so. ♪ when the saints won the super bowl ♪ ♪ oh, yes the saints won that super bowl ♪ >> reporter: music is the lifeblood of this community. trombonist glen david andrews grew up in treme. he comes from a family of musicians, and like most kids here, he dreamed of being one himself. ♪ >> reporter: residents of treme regularly take to the streets in celebration as part of a musical tradition known as second lining. >> here the dance and the music go hand in hand. >> reporter: this colorful neighborhood is now the backdrop for an hbo show called "treme."
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longtime resident and trumpeteer kermit is part of the cast. >> it's really been delightful, because people finally realizing how sweet and great this culture is. >> reporter: along with great music, treme is known for its great food. several family-run restaurants serve up the best grub in new orleans, creole style. >> today we have pot roast, fried chicken, gumbo, white beans, rice, barbecue chicken. >> it's soul food. the best that i've ever tasted. >> reporter: dizzy's is a corner restaurant that's been serving up comfort food for decades. >> who is a first timer? >> reporter: locals flock here for breakfast, lunch, and to catch up with other folks in this tightly knit community. a community now reaching out to the next generation, teaching kids to play the music that's been pouring from these streets for countless years.
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>> really a sense of tradition. >> reporter: helping to ensure the music never stops. and we want to let you know the new orleans jazz and heritage foundation, along with a preservation hall jazz band they're behind those music classes. each week they teach young kids all about the history of jazz and the importance of traditional new orleans music. >> what do you say, mr. roker, we do a little fly-by on the way to the airport? >> i think we're going to send jim bell, our executive producer to establish a beachhead. he's going to get the table for us. >> very good. all right. when we come back, speaking of food, we're going to do a little tailgating big easy style. meredith and natalie? >> all right. natalie's going to show us her first job working at a pet store.
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good morning. much needed rain on sunday. how is the traffic? >> it's bad out there. solid from bethesda. we have the inner lanes closed due to a serious accident. >> thank you for that. more news, weather, and traffic in
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we're back now with more of "today" on a thursday morning, the 9th of september, 2010. what a pretty day here in new orleans. we're listening to the sounds of, we like to call them our house band, the glen david andrews band. they've been with us in jackson square this morning. we appreciate them sticking around. a lot of people are going to be pouring into this square throughout the day, the evening. >> there's going to be a lot of stuff going on. >> no question about it. all part of a kickoff for the pro football season. you can watch the game, right here on nbc. i'm matt lauer along with al roker here in a steamy new orleans. we've got ann and natalie back in new york city. ladies, good morning. >> good morning. i think we're both a little jealous, between the beignets, and the -- i won't say the cheerleaders -- but certainly all the great music. you look like you're having a lot of fun. >> it is a blast. as you can see, they've broken into the chant of who dat, who
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dat. we're going to have much more ahead coming up in this half hour. >> plus we're in a party mood, and you want to talk about tailgating. this is the tailgate city. we're going to do a little tailgating with our good buddy john. he's going to show us how to tailgate new orleans style with a little jambalaya, a little shrimp. and pickled okra. >> also we're going to take a look at the superdome. you remember what happened five years ago, about 30,000 people flocked there to take refuge during hurricane katrina. doesn't last long. the storm tore big sections of the roof apart. conditions there got terrible. but that building is now one of the symbols of triumph over tragedy in this city. we're going to take a look at its recent history coming up. >> all right. sounds good, guys. meantime coming up in a little bit, i shared my baby-sitting experiences this morning. meredith talked about her -- her memory -- going down memory lane talked about tapping and matt
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talked about delivering the newspaper when he -- when he was a young person. now, it's your turn to show us about your first job. >> that's right. i worked at a pet store, as you can see, where i got to brush up on my skills doing everything from playing with the guinea pigs, loading a lot of the shelves. all i can say, i'm still standing. i was exhausted. >> looks like really back-breaking work. but it's important to help your animals. >> that's right. you've got the headlines for us? >> i do. we've got a developing story now. we're getting word now of a traffic accident this morning involving three-time super bowl champ tom brady. the new england patriots quarterback was involved in a serious two-car accident today in boston according to our affiliate there. rescuers had to extricate his body -- him, rather, from the wreck. but according to a team spokesman it appears that brady was not injured in this accident. fire crews face another tough day fighting that raging wildfire in the foothills near boulder, colorado. at least 135 homes have now been destroyed, and the fire is only about 10% contained.
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what's left of tropical storm hermine is now moving into the plains, after dumpg heavy rain in central texas on wednesday. flash floods killed two women who were trapped in their cars, and forced more than 100 high-water rescues. the storm also triggered several tornadoes. >> this morning a large explosion rocked a market in russia's north caucasus killing as many as 15 people and wounding more than 100. a car bomb is suspected in the area. mostly orthodox christians have been targeted with violence from radical islamic insurgencies. the imam behind a proposed islamic community center and mosque near ground zero in new york city told cnn last night that if he had known in advance the facility would create such tensions he would have gone elsewhere. despite appeals from washington, the vatican, the pastor of a small church in florida is still planning to burn copies of the koran on the ninth anniversary of 9/11. u.s. embassies around the world have been ordered to assess their security ahead of saturday's planned weekend burning.
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and another side of olympic hockey champ and nhl star sidney crosby. he took batting practice before a pittsburgh pirates baseball game on wednesday and slammed one into the right field seats. good for him. maybe it's another home. it is now
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it looks like some of that rain is heading our way by the end of the weekend. good morning. right now at 9:00 in the morning, a beautiful blue sky and sunshine. we're well into the 60s. 69 in washington. still very cool in the mountains. saturday, increasing clouds and that rain on sunday. >> and that's your latest weather. ann? this morning on "today's first jobs" pet store cleanup. natalie's always the first to jump at every animal segment and it turns out her passion actually started in childhood. >> that is true from puppies to parrots i've always had a special band bond, i think, with
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animals and it goes back to a summer job i had working at a pet store. i recently took a trip down memory lane and visited a local petco which proved a little more challenging than i remembered. >> this is your tool of the trade. >> oh, great. no gloves? >> no gloves. lovely. >> one of my first jobs prior to leaving for college was working at a pet store because i wanted to be a veterinarian and i really kind of wanted to make sure that it was my passion going off to school. give me goosebumps. i had this grandiose idea of, you know, all creatures great and small. that was the life that i wanted. i pictured myself on a ranch or a farm with lots of animals all around me. my love for animals really started with my own family pet. as a military child who grew up everywhere, my dog was my constant friend that was always with me. and translated to loving all
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animals, and having sort of a natural bond with them. i almost feltic lie could understand them. wrangling the guinea pigs. there's a trick to this trade. >> got him. victory! i loved my job at the pet store. it was great. a very small pet store in dover, delaware, at a little mall. and it was lots of puppies and kittens. call me the pet charmer. you want to come play? you want to come play? and it was wonderful. but there were also lots of snakes. lots of reptiles. and lots of other things that needed to be fed. this is like an episode of fear factor right here. i hope you guys have an appetite, because i sure don't. oh, it's disgusting. oh, we have nature segments all the time, but, you know, you notice you never catch me with a snake. i think once for the fourth hour they were doing something like put the snake on hoda, not on me. i couldn't handle that.
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>> i'm afraid of this thing. >> oh. >> the first stop, i think the most important thing is learning great work ethic. it's not about saving money or getting paid and all of that. now doing my first job i think i was making $4 an hour clean being up dog poo. this is not very -- >> it's adoption day. you interested in a great dane? no. >> what a really took away from that, it was really hard work and it was emotional work. you get involved with these pets and you know, i loved the job, because i felt like i was in some way improving their lives a little bit. now to the real test. everybody has to start doing the job where you're cleaning out the cages, or where you're distributing papers or walking dogs. i mean whatever your first job is, i think there are some great lessons to be learned, and that is humility. so what do you think?
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how did i do? huh? i think i deserve a treat. if it's good enough for you. whoa. wait! >> if you look at the ingredients. they're fantastic. >> they actually taste -- >> when we were kids, because they were colored and we thought it was fun. >> really? >> you wanted to be a veterinarian. that was the whole reason -- >> you were having such a fun time. >> we had a great time doing that. it was fun. >> great. >> absolutely. >> al, what do we have coming up with you tomorrow? >> i've got my first job was as a -- a grocery store worker. i kind of did all kinds of odd jobs around a grocery store in my neighborhood. >> you can tell. >> like dancing. >> that's not the same store. they tore it down. >> i'm sure you were great behind the counter, al.
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>> look at you. you've got moves there. >> a different kind of dog, right? hot dogs. instead of -- >> okay. >> all right. >> all right. well listen, you know what? we look forward to that, al. thank you so much. that was fun, natalie. that was great. >> coming up, the rebirth of the superdome five years after hurricane katrina, and matt and al do a little tailgating new orleans style. [ male announcer ] where are people with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis going? they're discovering the first self-injectable ra medicine you take just once a month. it's simponi™, and taken with methotrexate, it helps relieve the pain, stiffness, and swelling of ra with one dose a month. visit to see if you qualify for a full year of cost support. simponi™ can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. serious and sometimes fatal events can occur, such as infections, cancer in children and adults, heart failure, nervous system disorders, liver or blood problems, and allergic reactions.
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little did they know when they entered that building they would be heading into the center of the storm. for more than three decades, the louisiana superdome has been the place for fans of the new orleans saints have come to support their beloved team. >> who dat! who dat! >> reporter: when hurricane katrina struck in august of 2005, many of those same residents flocked to the superdome. but for a very different reason. >> they told us go to the superdome, if you want to be rescued, go to the superdome. >> reporter: thousands rode out the storm and its aftermath there. a last-resort shelter for those who were unable to evacuate the flooding city. but just days after the storm, the superdome went from a refuge to a place of despair. >> it just was horrific. it degraded into something that most human beings shouldn't have to experience. we had supplies for two to three
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days. once we got past that period, that's when all hell broke loose. >> reporter: with unsufficient food, water and medical supplies, the unsanitary conditions went from bad to worse. there was no air conditioning. and rain began to pour in through the damaged roof. the people of new orleans who sought shelter from katrina's wrath outside, were now facing a major crisis inside. >> we want to get out of here! >> it is hot, it's damp, there's no moving air, it's getting very dirty, and shall we say very aromatic. >> reporter: it was six days before everyone from the dome was bused to safer accommodations. and what was left behind was no longer just a football stadium. it was a symbol of the worst disaster in new orleans history. in march of 2006, efforts got under way to bring the superdome back to life. thanks in large part to funding from the nfl and fema, totalling $219 million. with their home under
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construction, the saints hit the road. and less than six months later, the superdome went from this, to this. >> it was brought back to life and resurrected. it was quite simply the largest restoration of a stadium that we know of in the history of the united states. >> reporter: just 13 months after hurricane katrina, the saints came marching home. a turning point for a city, and a team, which went on to bring home a super bowl championship earlier this year. as you can see, this area is still under renovation. but it's called champion square and it's new this year. coming soon, on any given sunday, thousands of saints fans will come here to party it up before heading in for a game in the superdome. and the revitalization does not end there. plans are in place to continue rebuilding the superdome through 2013, when it will lost super bowl xlvii. >> we will never be able to
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erase the history of katrina here. rebuilding the superdome was a powerful first step. but i think it was a stake in the ground, saying this city's going to be here for a long, long time. >> a little later on today, thousands will pack the superdome for that big football game. before that, thousands will tailgate outside the superdome. >> one guy who knows all about tailgating, mr. john besh. he has six restaurants here in the new orleans area. >> hey, john. >> new orleans style, right? >> who dat! >> john -- >> what are we making? >> great tailgating new orleans style. saltia foods. you've got to have it. we've got some pickled shrimp. >> what does in that? >> shrimp. >> you've got shrimp. >> and then you have all sorts of green beans, okra, you name it, it goes in there from crab
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oil, go ahead and pour that -- >> what is this? >> that's just a mixture of a little bit of sugar, some water and some rice vinegar. >> how long does it take -- >> we're going to pickle this for about four to six hours so it's perfect because you can like pack it up, throw it into the ice chest and then make your way to the game with it. or you can leave it in there for like a week in the fridge, and it's so incredible. >> jambalaya. >> i've been eating off camera. >> good protein. >> and all right. and then you can't have a tailgate, anything, without some jambalaya. to do that just a little bit of bacon, some onion, celery. >> the trinity. >> the trinity. >> and then some bell pepper. there you go. what we want to do is really just want to cook that over like high heat until it's nice and brown, and voila. >> there's the color. andouille, all of that? >> all the sausage. all the onions and everything,
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really just cook down. they're nice and brown. that's going to give a great depth of flavor. >> so if you could do the honors. >> pour the rice in. that's louisiana jasmine rice. you can add some chicken stock. >> okay. >> oh, yeah, baby. >> a little bit of your tomato. >> lord have mercy! >> hmm. >> how long does that cook down? >> we want to let that come to a boil and in about 30 minutes. >> whoa! >> here it is. >> thank you. >> brother. beautiful. >> so no hot dogs, no hamburgers here you've got to do something a little more louisiana. >> you definitely have to. and what's more louisiana than a little creole tomato, bloody mary. this is what i'm talking about. as you can tell, the saints fans are out in force. you feel the energy of the saints. the whole place is jumping. >> this is the difference between a good morning and a great morning. >> and we have to -- >> oh. >> taste this.
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>> did you see how fast he pulled that away from you? >> we have chili glazed chicken wings, unbelievable. and then we have some braised short ribs. >> i just took a piece of this. >> this is unbelievable. >> stacked up with some onion rings. so incredibly good. >> our executive producer jim bell, it's unbelievable. >> send all this back to new york with you. >> believe me delta airlines is going to smell some of this in a few hours. >> thanks so much. >> thank you so much. >> more from new orleans. but first these messages.
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sunshine out there and 68 degrees right now. kind of chilly. 23-year-old woman faces dwi charges for this accident. two women remain hospitalized after being struck by an out of control car that crashed into a restaurant at the intersection of 18th street and florida avenue. the two women were walking at the time of the accident and no one inside the restaurant was hurt. they are now taking a look at the structural integrity of the building. and we will take a break and look at our forecast when we come back. stay with us.
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a refreshing change from yesterday. much cooler weather highs in the 70s and near 80s. bright sun. we'll repeat this with increasing clouds on saturday. much needed rain likely on sunday. how is the traffic? >> a little heavy across the american region. on the map now, an accident 266 just before the beltway was blocking the right lane. very slow from west 23. back to you. >> all right. thank you, steve. more news, weather, and traffic more news, weather, and traffic n. 25 man: we need a sofa. something i can stretch out on!
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can i get a quarter pound of chief? >> would you like american yellow, american white, would you like alpine lace, would you like alpine lace american, alpine lace provolone. >> al is going back to his neighborhood grocery store. he shows us that he's still got the stuff as our "today" first job series rolls along tomorrow here on "today." al, we're really glad you didn't make it a career after all. but my goodness you are fun to watch there. >> well, you know, we had a good time. it was one of those things, it was a job i had. it was a short-lived job. i'll explain why tomorrow. but it got me started in my interest in food. >> ah-ha, there you go. >> and you always had that spring in your step and it's always about the dance party with al, right? so you going to see a lot of that tomorrow, too, i'm sure.
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all right. >> well, you'd have to wait and see. >> okay. >> meanwhile, coming up from here we're going to meet a young man armed with a camera, truly an inspiration, and he actually bunks with young americans across the country from an nfl cheerleader to a teenager with autism, and he's able to get a realistic snap shot of their lives like you've never seen it before. and it's a new show on mtv. so, it's really interesting. >> okay. plus, did you know that the latest trends in jewelry and accessories are at your local hardware store? that's right. bolts and washers. if you've got them, you don't have to spend a lot of money to stay stylish. this morning bobbie thomas is going to show us how to make some of this julie yourself. she calls it hope hardware. we're going to get to the lowdown on that. we also want to tell you that tomorrow on "today" the grammy winning country music duo sugarland is going to be here live on the plaza for a concert. so come out. just when we thought the concert series was over -- >> it's never over. >> our producers come up with something
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a deep blue sky and winds are beginning to pick up a bit on this thursday morning. it's certainly much cooler. low humidity in place. temperatures right now into the 60s to near 70s. it will climb to near 80 by the afternoon. the wind will diminish a little bit. again, tomorrow not like today. increasing clouds, near 80. much needed rain on sunday. of course we're here in new orleans because we've got the nfl kickoff tonight. right here on nbc. that's right. it's the saints taking on the vikings. brett favre will have retired three times before the game. he'll come out in his wheelchair. we'll see it all.
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outdoor weather warm and humid, middle 80s, because, of course, it's an indoor stadium. good times tonight on nbc. back to you guys. >> all right, al, thank you so much. it's going to be a lot of fun there. and coming up next, speaking of football, how the quarterback gets it done. we're going to show you the science behind the perfect pass. right after this. activia is better than ever! hey, you guys. want to try activia's great new taste? today is your tasty lucky day! sure, why not? isn't this the yogurt that, you know... helps regulate your digestive system. ooh, i think i'll pass. no, no, no! trust me. it is beyond tasty. okay! mmm! wow! i can't believe it, i love it! mmm, this is really good! new best tasting activia ever! taste it, love it, or it's free! ♪ activia equals chili's $20 dinner for two. share an app, like our texas cheese fries. then choose two entrees from 14 chili's favorites,
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here's nbc's lester holt to give you a look at the physics behind the perfect pass. >> reporter: one of the most spectacular plays in nfl football is when a quarterback throws a pass so fast and accurate it's called threading the needle. it means, putting a ball in a window that's so tight that only that football can fit through there. >> reporter: the speed and direction a football needs to reach a receiver is a great example of a velocity vector. because it has both a length and a direction. >> the quarterback has it under his control. how hard he throws the ball or with what speed and in what direction. >> reporter: to understand velocity vectors, we filmed former nfl players joey harrington, and antonio freeman with a special high-speed phantom camera. when harrington throws the football, its velocity vector can be represented by an arrow. but if harrington rolls out, his own velocity must be factored into the pass. using the so-called parallelogram method, it's
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possible to add these vectors together to find the velocity vector the ball needs to reach its target. >> so we take our parallelogram and the sum of these two sectors is simply the diagonal of the parallelogram. >> reporter: in a real game, an nfl quarterback must calculate all of these vectors in a split second. >> it's a really good feeling when you put that ball exactly where it needs to be. >> reporter: and for a quarterback, that means safely in the hands of his receiver. >> deuce mcallister is a former running back for the new orleans saints and one of the athletes who participated in the science of nfl football series. nice to see you. >> nice to see you, as well. >> the producers used this thing called the phantom camera. what did you have to do to be part of this? >> well, basically different exercises. you know, running back exercises. we were testing at 40 different speeds, obviously. you know, you want to see how fast you're going at 10 yards, 20 yards. then we were going different
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acceleration and just different drills that we did. so it was pretty interesting. >> what do you think students and teachers are going to come away from watching this? >> well, a lot of times what they study in the classroom, you don't really kind of translate over to the football field. you know, one thing that we think about is just playing the game. but once you look at it from a physics standpoint, that's what the most important thing is. >> what do you think about athletes, will they be able to use this series, once they understand the science behind what goes on on the field, this could make them a better athlete? >> it's pretty interesting. like i said, to us guys that are playing the game, it's about technical and playing the game. but the physics parts of it definitely help. i mean, because angles play a part of it. and that's in every play. >> you played with the saints. you live here in new orleans. what does tonight mean to you? >> it's special. it's kind of a mini super bowl for our city. the dropping of the banner from last year. but i mean it's a new season as far as we're concerned. it will be special. obviously with the buildup that
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has been had up to this week, you know, the only thing that we have to do is go win the game now. >> just a little thing like that. >> correct. >> deuce mcallister, thank you so much. and for more on the science of nfl football series, you can check out our website at coming up next, get ready to enter the world of jinxed. it's our honeymoon. but we've parted ways with our old airline credit card that promised flights for 25,000 miles. it was always... [ laughing ] that seat's not happening without a big miles upcharge. a miles upcharge wasn't part of the deal. was i supposed to go without my wife? [ elevator bell dings ] [ grunting ] haha, that was awkward. so we upgraded to the venture card from capital one. we've had it with the games. [ male announcer ] don't pay miles upcharges. don't play games. get the flight you want with the venture card at what's in your wallet? ♪ [ inhales deeply ]
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a touch of that... yup, there's a new head chef in the kitchen. introducing new quaker mix up creations. does your breakfast make you amazing? have you ever wanted to walk in someone else's shoes? world of jenks is a new documentary series on mtv that showcases the lives of inspirational young people from all corners of the country. each week filmmaker andrew jenks literally moved in with a different stranger to experience a week in their life from a young homeless woman to a teenager with autism. >> in a lot of ways, chad's school was like any other school. they have lockers, recess, and gym class. and even flirting with the popular girls.
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>> yeah, you are. >> oh. >> reporter: but then there's stuff that makes you stop and think. this is not your average school. in one class, chad practices house chores. then chad practices calling 911. >> 911, what's your emergency? >> my mother's having chest pains. >> do you know your address? >> no. >> reporter: seeing chad work on these everyday tasks really put things in perspective for me. >> andrew jenks, good morning. >> good morning. how you doing? >> i'm doing great. just a little clip of the time you got to spend with chad. he has autism. at did you learn from that experience. >> you know, i learned how much -- how smart he was and how funny he was. i think, you know, i went into the project thinking that i'd be living with an autistic kid. and i left thinking i just moved in with chad, who was really fun, he had a great personality. and i learned that i had to adapt to his world and not necessarily just make him do what i did. so like we went to new york city, and he was extremely sensitive to the sounds, and he
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said you know, jenks, you just have to let me be. you just have to let me be who i am. >> what a great takeaway. what a great lesson and an opportunity that you've been given as a young filmmaker, only 24 years old. what do you hope to translate to the viewer with this? >> i think you can see really young people from all walks of life who are doing just extraordinary things, like we followed an animal rescuer who was saving horses. we followed a homeless girl who was living on the streets of san francisco. there's just so many young people out there who are doing incredible things with their lives. and we have the chance to really capture that and showcase it on mtv. >> talking about that experience, living with a homeless girl, heavy d., or danielle. she's, as you mentioned, homeless in san francisco. you say that was one of the most challenging experiences. because, i mean, you really get to step away from the situation when you're done after a week with them, right? >> yeah, you know, that one was hard because i was on the streets with her for eight days
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there, and you know when i was walking away and i was dirty and smelly and, you know, i couldn't help but think, gosh, you know, i'm going to go get on a plane and be back in my apartment and she's still going to be homeless, and you know, she really lives that life. i'm only there for eight days. so you know, it's important for me to stay in touch with these people. i'm not trying to change their lives but i want to make sure they understand i care for them. there's a connection there. i gave her a cell phone. >> you talk to her? >> i talked to her last night actually at midnight. she was still awake. so she staid good luck to me. she texted me and we stay in touch. >> great. and i know that all of this started with a film project that you did at the time with featuring your grandfather. >> when i was 19, my grandfather was going through a rough period where he was in a nursing home, and you know, i love my grandfather so much, and i decided to move in to a nursing home myself for five weeks. and see what it was really like to experience life with 300 senior citizens and see what they're really thinking about, and that was just another opportunity to really
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destigmatize and humanize that generation that i think a lot of people have stereotypes about but don't necessarily know what's going on within the confines of assisted living. >> i know you've got some other really interesting people. you followed nfl football player, cheerleader -- or nfl cheerleader and a football player. you also had a poker player, with, as i understand, kind of a very interesting perspective. good takeaway there, too. >> you know, i think when you think about a poker player you think about, you know, playboy lifestyle, you're in vegas, you're in new york. he texts me one day and he's like we're going to london tomorrow, and then as he opened up he got to really understand him better and he was prone to anxiety. he was prone to depression. he had a lot of issues that he was really dealing with. you know. and so i think that's the kind of case in point with every subject we move in with is that we go in with a certain idea or a certain perspective and after eight days it's like, holy cow, i had no idea that this was really what was going on. yeah. >> wow. well it's really remarkable. and you know, good luck with it. >> thank you.
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>> because you have a real opportunity to hopefully educate a lot of young people and open a lot of people's eyes. >> that's the thing, you know, we think that it's entertaining and it's also substantive. we feel like we have both and we really can showcase that to a lot of young people. >> well, you are a young man to be doing it. glat la congratulations to you. >> thank you very much. >> the world of jenks premieres monday night on mtv. coming up next, making your own trendy jewelry for under $10, with stuff that you may have laying around the house.
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finding what you love makes you happy... saving up to 60% every day makes you homegoods happy. ♪ this morning on "bobbie's style buzz" do it yourself accessories, apparently the latest jewelry trends to be found at your local hardware store. today's crafty style editor bobbie thomas is here to show us how it's done. hey, bobbie, good morning. >> hello. >> we're talking about heavy metal here and nuts and bolts first. before we get to that, why do
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you think this is a trend? >> i think for years we used jewelry to dress up our outfits. now jewelry is helping to dress the modern woman down. i definitely think it's an affordable, accessible way to reinvent your look. i will prove it to you because it costs pennies. >> you've got these necklaces and earrings and our cameron said if he gave this wife one of these she would think he was nuts. >> i know, you know, charging big bucks. guys and brothers, a beautiful design team that make amazing jewelry all inspired by hardware. you can do it yourself. i made the necklaces with about $2 and two minutes of my time and about $4, for the big necklaces and two minutes of my time. just slide them on. you can even sleep them onto earrings. it takes seconds and it's pennies again. you can find this in probably the junk drawer of your house. >> very edgy. >> champs and connectors. this is sort of that bold color
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necklace you've seen on the runway. this is a flexible faucet connector. i'm going to earn points with the guys. this actually can help with this ribbon tied around the edges, it's instantly a collar necklace. believe it or not you don't have to do anything. these are hose clamps. you can tie these on to be bangles. but these can also be rings. a lot of the guys here said they went and got some of these last week. if the sink was leaking i could come in handy. >> i know. but they have a coolness to them. i could see teenagers especially liking these. >> again, very inexpensive. >> now we have wires and chains. >> last week you saw this necklace i wore. i was in love with it. and i was inspired to really see what i could do with chains. literally, again, about probably $4 to make some of these, you know, i guess avant-garde jewelry. >> i would like to wear this as a bracelet itself. it's so sweet. >> this is one of my favorite
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ideas. you can buy it on a roll or a pack. it's about $10 for ten feet. you can make a lot of this. you slip a ribbon through the chain and you can get a double wrap bracelet. and this can actually be worn as a headband, as a belt. and this costs a dollar and took about five minutes. >> so this is a great way to make it, especially as people are trying to save money. i know you're doing the diy for that part. >> i also love diy. i think you should be proud of something you made. i saw a pair of shoes, and i got inspired to make this for just 50 cents. >> lastly we've got hooks and clips. >> yes, you can use what they call a snap clip. a double-ended snap clip. i really sound like i know my hardware stuff and make any kind of belt. you slip your fabric through and you can create a color belt you need in seconds. how many times have you said, i need that? melanie is wearing one made out
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of a pulley and rope. >> always trying to save us money and inspire us. thank you so much. >> thank you. >> and coming up we've got hoda and kathie lee. they're going to catch up with rock 'n' roll legend jerry lee
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bright sunshine here in the nation's capital on this thursday morning. good morning, everyone. i'm barbara harrison. in the news for today, we have
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just learned that the victim of a deadly shooting in prince georges county was just 15 years old. the shooting happened earlier this week in the 1500th block. they discovered justin suffered gunshot wounds and died yesterday. police have no suspects or a motive in the case. let's check our weather now. tom, good morning. >> we've had a big change. now this morning we're down into the 50s. a couple of hours ago it's warming back up to 70 or so. will hit near 80 by the afternoon. gusts near 25 miles an hour in the last hour. we'll see that off and on throughout the rest of the day. tomorrow, more of the same. saturday, increasing clouds with highs near 80. it appears we might get much needed rain by sunday but may dry out in time for the game on sunday night. steve, how is the traffic looking now?
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from nbc news, this is "today" with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. hi, everybody. i don't know if you're wear of it, but this is thirst day. it's september 9th, and we're happy you're here with us. if we look different today, it's not our problem achlgts technical problem with the table. >> this table typically moves back and out of the way and we bring up the high table which we like because it covers us up. >> it's plexiglass so you can see through it. >> still, you feel safer behind the high one. >> it's a little higher up. anyway, we're happy you're with us. sometimes we move to a different studio, and it's upstairs. we don't like it up there, not as good lighting. >> we like it down here. yesterday instead of going to
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broadway we stall a movie, it was "wall street: money never sleeps." >> the first one was a long time ago. >> you weren't even born. it was a really great movie. >> i love the opening scene where michael douglas gets out of prison and they hand him back his tough and ring, money clip and mobile phone from the '80s as big as a shoe. what did you think of the movie? >> he never know what to expect. oliver stone is a terrific director. he's going to be with us next week. i didn't know if i'd care about the characters. that's always for me the main thing. if i don't care about these characters and don't care about what happens to them, i lose interest. michael douglas is so good in this. josh brolin was good in it.
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who plays lou? >> come on. frank mangella. he's terrific in it. susan sarandon. it's like a modern day morality tale. the problem is so many money problems we had a couple years ago, financial problems, we still have many of them, and many of the people responsible for them are still in power and not a whole lot has been fixed. >> it will hit close to home, and it's got a great story. michael douglas is great. he's so -- >> he's so great in the movie. when you watch him, you fall in love with him all over again. >> you can't help but think about the troubles he's going through with his ill sxns stuff. >> and his son. >> a lot of things come out in the movie. >> whether he starts to say things that resonate with his own personal life, it's very moving. it opening on september 24th. we get to see things a little
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earli earlier. i think it will do really well. >> i'm a little bummed about the new season of saturday night live. >> there is a hoda curse. for the last two years the young woman who has been chosen to impersonate hoda, they all leave after one season. we don't say anything. i find it interesting. >> nice talking to you. she was the first one. and then jenny, nice talking to you. >> kristen wiig is in no trouble at all. >> my money on the next one, keenan thompson. you know it will be in drag. you know that's happening. i want to apologize. do the split screen. >> do the other split screen, if you know what i mean. >> no, no, forget i >> oh, my god. >> you know what -- >> he had a nice keratin
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treatment. it looks good. hilarious. you know what would be a great idea? >> what? >> you're a good actress until we played ourselves in different things. we were on lipstick jungle and that was canceled and another show -- maybe it really is a hoda curse. they should let you play yourself. >> why did you say it was nothing? >> they found out the day we shot "lipstick jungle." the show canceled. >> it was while we were taping. remember? it was so depressed. it was just sad. that was just sad. anyway. >> i think hoda should play herself opposite kristen wiig. that would be fun. you'd be great. >> if you are into snooki and the jersey shore, there was breaking news. she was in court on wednesday, she faced charged from that drunken stumbling event. she decided to plead guilty to disturbing the police and
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apologized to the police department out there. the judge dropped the annoyance charges. annoyance and disorderly. he gave snooki a couple words of wisdom. listen to what the judge had to say. >> i have concerns about how much of this episode was scripted by your show. if this was scripted, only you can determine if it's worth trading your dignity for a paycheck. >> it was not scripted, sir. >> ask like a lindsay lohan wanna-be in this manner. going through life rude, proceed faine, obnoxious and self-indull gent is not how you want top live your life. >> that's exactly what i said to cassidy this morning. more parents should talk to their kids that way when they act up like this. >> dena lohan was upset hearing what the judge said. she didn't like her daughter being used as an example like that. >> no parent likes to see their child used in a negative
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context, but one has to ask the question about how did the xhild become the person who behaves so badly? you have to take responsibility. >> what is the snooki apepeaapp? i get it a little. i can't put my finger on what the appeal s. >> i don't watch the show, but cassidy likes it. how can you like it? she said it's incredibly entertaining. you can't believe people ablgt like that, and that's why the judge's question was so great. how much was not scripted in that sense, but it's a setup opportunity for these kinds of things to happen. it's not going to be an entertaining show unless people are drunk and make out in hot tubs. >> they're crazy about her. >> of all of them, she's the only one that cares about anybody other than herself. >> i said, oh, all right. i don't know if that's true or not, because i don't watch it. you know what bothers me about snooki? every time she's arrested or
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something, she's carrying my bag. she has that gucci bag which i kind of like a localit. >> now she's got it. >> i know. >> on thursdays -- i like doing this. >> i know you do. >> hoda's play date. >> i get to pick a song. this song before we get to it, this song is about before you had a mortgage, before you had kids, before you had worries, you were free. >> the good old days. >> you were totally free, okay? the zac brown band is awesome. they have a song called "free," and it's from the debut album. let's listen to it because it's really good. ♪ traveling along across this land ♪ me and you ♪ >> i've heard this. okay. >> you're going to be free in a minute. ♪ we'll end up hand in hand ♪ somewhere down on the sand ♪ just me and you.
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>> here come the chorus. when you're free. remember. ♪ just as free ♪ free as we'll ever be ♪ just as free >> if you don't know if you're free -- you don't realize you are. >> this is a good song. >> you didn't like the other four? >> no, huh-uh. completely forgettable. this one touches your soul. you remember this one. >> one more little verse. here we go. ♪ travel to the city lights ♪ in the country skies ♪ just me and you >> here's the thing about it. frank and i take a little walk, and when we were first waiting he would kick a stone down -- kick a stone down the road, and
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we'd finds joy in kicking a stupid stone down the road. now it bothers me when he does it. >> all right. let's get to this. what's going on here? >> this is an app, which -- >> look at you holding it. >> application on your -- how do you turn the dang thing on. we were talking about mindless calories that people ingest, and if there's a way to sort of remind yourself of what you are actually putting in your mouth and into your system, it's this. it's a little -- >> it's a little app, and this is what you do. hoda, i'm going to eat an apple, and every time you take a bite, you push bite. you remind yourself you're chewing. >> a bite. how is that apple going down? >> it feels like it's being radiated or something. >> they just sprayed it with something to make it shiny. >> jerry lee lewis, he has a
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great new cd coming out. he's not feeling well. he's in the dressing room with four attractive women around him. i say, i'm so sorry you're not feeling so well. we won't ask you to play the piano with your feet or anything like that. >> uh-huh. >> i'm thinking huh-uh. this is bha jerry lee lewis does while i'm he there r, he just went -- i was like you just check med out. all the four women said, yeah, he did. he's not feeling that bad, you know what i mean? >> i'm so excited he's here with us, too. >> i'm not sure. is it okay or not okay to insure a body part? >> jerry lee lewis should have insured his fingers millions of years ago when he started. he's the most incredible -- he's unbelievable. i said what? >> what did you say? you say -- >> is it okay to insure your
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body parts? >> well, it's too late for my boobs but if you're young and your assets are that valuable, then why not? >> hoda says, yes, if you have a personal part that's hot, why not get fire insurance. >> i wasn't reading yours like that, okay? then we'll all be happy. hi, sarah. >> we were talking about the "sn will the" who should play hoda. jen said i can drink coffee and wine like nobody's business. i'd be great. a surprise cameo by hoda. that was the general consensus. >> they never listen to us tloefr. >> coming up, great balls of fire. have you heard he's here? he's here. it's jerry lee lewis and he'll tell us why he calls himself a mean old man. i want to ask him some tough questions about his cd cover. i think he has some explaining to do right after this. ♪
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i don't know. nacho cheese! [ laughs ] see, cuz' it's not your cheese but i said "nacho". [ clears throat ] la, la, la, la, la, can't hear you... la, la, la, la, can't hear you... okay... la, la, la, la, can't hear you!! ...that's when i decided to fully invest in my 401k. [ male announcer ] we take the time for our cheese to mature before we bake it into every delicious cracker. because at cheez-it, real cheese matters. look at his hair. whenever he's around, you can bet there's going to be a whole lot of shaking going on. >> the musician dubbed killer jerry lee lewis, he is the i inspiration behind this musical. ehas fantastic reviews and a
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cool new cd called "mean old men." >> man. >> men. >> yeah. >> men or man? >> man. >> meaning you the killer. >> that's about it. >> i want to ask you about in cover. can we show it again. >> look at that. he's getting out of a limo. then if you open it up, guess what? they're all inside the limo with him. i thought isn't that sweet? he has his granddaughters with him. they're like 14 years old, jerry lee. >> well, they're a little older than that. >> you still got it. you were checking me out downstairs, be honest. when i was saying hello to you. >> were you checking out cathary l -- kathie lee? >> i was checking it out. >> you have great songs on this cd. in one of the songs your paired
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with kid rock. why did you choose these different people, jerry lee? >> just friends of mine, and they cut the mustard. >> i have sheryl crow, kid rock, eric clapton. who else is on there? lots of great people. >> i can't think of them now. >> a lot of good ones. all legendary in their own way. >> yeah. >> have you seen "million dollar quartet" yet? >> yes. >> what did you think of the way you were portrayed by levi crouse? >> i think he did a splendid job. >> the first time we saw the show, and we've seen it several times we love it so much, he had band-aids on his hands, his fingers, because his fingers bleed from doing this. did you ever have that? >> well, in a round-about way, yes. >> and you used to play with your toes and feet.
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before liberace did it you did it. did you use any other parts? >> that's about the only part. >> we want to wish you great, great luck with this cd. >> here's johnny cash. the actor portraying him. >> it's such a fun show. >> do you remember that particular day? you're the only surviving member of the million dollar quartet, what is the memory of that day together, the four of you? >> i remember very well meeting elvis and johnny was there. >> your star was rising then, right? they were already established stars. you were just signed with sun records and were about to have lots of hits? >> right. i was just starting to make my descend. >> you weren't the killer yet, but you've been all these years. you're not the mean old man. you have to watch out about underage girls, all right, jerry lee.
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up next, how to raise a sports star. we'll talk to betty and her beautiful son james blake right after this. in my chest. so i went back to my doctor again. we chose symbicort to help control my asthma symptoms. [ man ] symbicort improves my lung function... starting within 15 minutes. [ woman ] symbicort will not replace a rescue inhaler for sudden symptoms. it is a combination of two medicines and should not be taken more often than prescribed. [ man ] symbicort contains formoterol. medicines like formoterol increase the risk of death from asthma problems, and children and adolescents may have an increased risk of being hospitalized for asthma problems. [ woman ] symbicort is not for people whose asthma is well controlled with a long-term asthma control medicine like inhaled corticosteroids. once your asthma is well controlled, your doctor will decide if you can stop symbicort without loss of control, and prescribe a long-term asthma control medicine. be sure to see your doctor if your asthma does not improve or gets worse. symbicort is a good choice to help control my asthma all day and night. [ inhales ] [ exhales ] ask your doctor if symbicort is a good choice for you.
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names after a serious illness and life-threatening injuries. he rose to number four making him the highest ranking player this year. >> betty blake's memoir is called "mix it up, make it nice, secrets of a tennis mom." >> when you found out your mom was writing a book about this, were you pleased or not? >> i don't think there's too many things she could embarrass me about, so i wasn't too nervous. i was excited because i know she's a much better writer than i am. i used to give her my papers in high school and she would make them better. i knew she would tell a story and do it in a very eloquent way. >> this was in response to so many people that mentioned to you throughout the years how lovely your young men were. how did you raise such two fine people, and you're often asked that if you're a well-known person and everybody assumes your kids are going to be spoiled and obnoxious and all
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that. did you to to honor the memory of your husband, yo deceased husband, their dad. >> when people say that to me, and they say it often, i say i give 90% of the credit to their father, who knew exactly how to bring up children. he was a disciplinarian but he made sure he knew there was love involved, too. that's the way to do it. >> both of your sons, big tennis players, did you immediately put a racquet in their hand when they were young kids? is that how it start snd. >> no. we wanted them to enjoy it the way we enjoyed it socially. we never thought it would be a career. >> last week we had andre agonzalez agassi, it was painful for him and hating tennis and feeling like that was all he could to do for his father. tell us what it was like for
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you? >> one of the greatest gifts you can give is a happy childhood, and i had that. andre has had so much success and proud to be aid friend of his, but i'm not sure he would ever consider his childhood happy because he grew up hating tennis. i loved it and i was thankful they didn't push me towards it. there are ways to succeed and different levels of success. andre had so much success, but he didn't like the game until he took it on himself to enjoy it. >> he paid the price for it. >> that was agatha christie that said that. >> a lot of kids go to tennis academies, and that's normal now. you wanted him to have that normal childhood, normal education. look at this well-adjusted guy you have sitting next to you. >> he was equally as nice back in the day. i remember. what do you hope people take away from this book, betty? >> first, i hope they take away the way, as i said, tom brought
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up our children. second, i hope they take away the idea of don't pressure your children into something they may not want to do and they may grow up to hate if they -- if -- >> you and, too, in the process. >> it's better to be a successful human being than a successful tennis player, right. >> absolutely, absolutely. >> james, good luck with everything. say hi to your brother, too. homework 101 for parents, what you should known about your kids. their brains are 75% water. their muscles are 73% water. their lungs are 80% water. want to grow a healthier, happier family? water daily. embrace the pure life. nestle pure life. ♪ first timers, old pros, heated rivals,
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we're learning more about the shooting that killed a 15-year-old boy in prince georges county. we'll hear from the family member who says that the victim was outriding his bike at the time of the deadly incident. good morning. i'm barbara harrison. also coming up, tom brady was in a car accident early this morning. every month millions of women have perfectly normal periods.
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